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What is the role of the collective agreements?

Collective agreements include sector-specific conditions of employment, agreed between the employer and employee organization. Collective agreements include, in particular, terms regarding pay, working hours, annual holiday as well as other benefits and terms applied in the relevant sector. During the term of the collective agreements, both parties have a duty to maintain industrial peace. This means that strikes, lock-outs etc. against the collective agreement are forbidden. However, the duty to maintain industrial peace does not apply, for example, to political strikes or subsidy strikes. This is beacause the said strikes do not target to the said collective agreement itself and its provisions.